An inspiration to all the youth in Morgan who might try their hand at mutton busting, local resident Caleb Bennett currently holds the title of 7th in the World Bareback standings. Caleb is the son of Bob and Claudine Nance Caldwell and grandson of Connie Nance and the late Bernie Nance. Caleb started riding at the tender age of 4 years old. Starting out on calves and sheep, he later moved on to horses and Jr. Bulls as he competed in Jr. Rodeo.
The fifth-annual Marie McQuiddy Daley softball tournament was held last weekend. Marie was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2006. She was a strong woman with a beautiful smile and a big heart, so the community was left with a void when she lost her battle with cancer on January 16, 2007. Marie fought hard against cancer and played hard during her softball career in high school and college.
Recently a group of 13-year-old girls boarded a plane and headed for sunny Florida. They were there to play but this was not a relaxation or sightseeing trip. Instead the preteens worked hard and competed. A group of seven girls from Morgan and one from Kaysville made their way to the National Volleyball Championship after winning a tournament qualifier.
Todd Stuart was the only Morgan County resident this year in the pro hillclimb. Stuart loved motorcycles from a very young age. He started racing motocross at age 14 and raced off and on for 20 years. In 2003, Stuart entered the Widowmaker for the first time. His first race was in the 250 stock class that year and he really enjoyed it, but made the decision to build his first hillclimber motorcycle, a Honda CR50, so he could join the pro-class. In 2005, Stuart joined the Western States Pro-Hillclimb Association and started to travel outside of Utah to climb.
This year marked the 10 year anniversary of the Widowmaker Event in Croydon. The event was started in 2002 with the help of Albert Wilde and his family. The Widowmaker Hillclimb and Adventure Expo is a three-day event that brings in riders from all over the U.S. and Canada to try to climb the 1000 foot hill.
The Ragnar relay starts at the Utah State University football stadium in Logan and ends at Park City High’s football field. Part of that 197 mile stretch came right through Morgan County. Over 1,100 runners came through Morgan on Friday, June 15, either on foot or supporting their teammates in a decorated SUV. Teams of six to 12 people take turns running
As formidable rivals on both the slopes and soccer field, Stacie Palmer and Erika Beckstrom never fathomed that one day they would not only be best friends, but working together to bring Utah’s premier cycling event, the Wildflower Pedalfest, to Morgan County.
Shane Wilkinson topped 33 other drivers to win the 2012 Rabbit Rumble Demolition Derby in Delta on Saturday, May 26. Although he won $4,000, Wilkinson said that only barely covers the expenses he put into his 1957 Lincoln painted black with a number 72 on the doors.
May 18-19, 2012, was the weekend for the State Championships in Track and Field at the BYU Track Complex in Provo. With the strength shown by the Morgan girls at the Region 11 meet a week earlier, there was great anticipation for some good things to happen for many different girls at the state meet. It didn’t take long for those results to start coming.
Due to several recent fatal off-highway vehicle (OHV) accidents, Utah State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) managers stress the importance of safe and responsible riding this season. Riders should be properly trained and prepared, and ride in a responsible manner.
MHS’s varsity baseball team went 1-1 in playoff action on May 12 to advance to the next round. In the first game, the team battled nationally ranked Spanish Fork and was down 4-1 after four innings. Finally, the Dons’ bats exploded, and the Trojans ended up losing 9-0. In the second game, Braden Daniel threw a two-hitter against Cedar City and Cameron Skinner went 3 for 5 (single, double, triple) and 6 RBIs to lead the team to a 7-0 thumping of the Redmen. Playoff Game was May 17 vs. Payson.
The Morgan High Boy’s Tennis Team ACED at Region. Swish Wiscombe and Ben Holland took first place in 1st Doubles, Nate Johnson and Miles Mecham took fourth place in 2nd Doubles, Ryan Lynch took fourth place in 1st Singles and Taylor Clark took third place in 2nd Singles.
The Trojan track team will be represented at the state meet by 10 girls and 9 boys. Many of these athletes made the state qualifying marks (SQ)and others placed in the top four at the region meet to be eligible for the State Championships in Provo May 18-19. Listed below are the athletes and the events in which they will be participating this weekend at state.
Last week it was announced that our local Morgan AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) was the winner of the national ‘HerbaLife Wellness Challenge’. This means that one lucky AYSO team gets to pack their bags, shine up their shin-guards, and get ready for the soccer adventure of a lifetime in Honolulu, HI for seven days and six nights.
Another beautiful weather day greeted the track athletes as they unloaded the buses at Stansbury High School to compete for the Region XI Track and Field Championship. The two day meet is always exciting as it brings to a close the months of hard work and training that the athletes have extended to be ready to battle for the region trophy. The first day of running events are all trials except for the 1600m. The top 8 times in each event are brought back on the second day for a one heat final. Field events are competed on both days with finals taking place on each day in each event. Athletes work very hard to qualify the first day for the finals on the second day. The top four places in each event qualify for the state meet including relays.
The first ever AAU Utah District Volleyball Championships were held this past weekend, May 11-12, 2012 at nine different locations from Ogden to Draper. 114 teams from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana entered this historic event.
A clear, calm, warm morning welcomed over 500 athletes to the Morgan High School track April 21, 2012, for the fifth annual Morgan “Pocket Change” Invitational. The athletes represented fifteen schools from Utah and Wyoming in classification from 1A to 5A. Competition began at 9:00 am and ran until 3:30 pm. The stands were filled with spectators, athletes and parents. Team tents were scattered around the grass outside the track fence providing shade for the day-long event.
Morgan’s Varsity baseball team won two critical games last week to all but assure the team a playoff berth. Braden Daniel struck out ten batters over seven innings to help Morgan defeat Tooele, 4-2 on April 24th. Daniel also helped out his cause with an RBI single in the first inning. Lantzen Toomer was 2-3 with a triple and an RBI single. Cameron Jarrett also reached base twice, including an RBI double in the third inning.
The Morgan High Men’s Tennis Team is off to a great start. The Varsity team is undefeated in Region so far. They recently participated in the Logan Tournament, playing several 4A and 5A schools. On Monday, April 23, they played against Ben Lomond.
Going on their 2nd Annual Alumni Basketball game, coach Jim Wiscombe pulled together the generations from as far back as 1980 to the current graduating class of 2012 to play together on the home court.
The Trojan Track Team has been busy with meets at Bear River on April 4, a home meet April 11 and the Logan Invitational April 14. The girls won two of the meets and placed 6th at Logan out of 30 teams. The boys were second at Bear River and third at home and due to a band trip and the ACT could only send five boys to the Logan meet.
The Second Annual Ride On! Video Challenge is now open through May 14. Utah students of all ages may submit their creative and educational videos promoting safe and responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) use and stewardship of School and Institutional Trust Lands.
March 28 the Trojan Track Team traveled to Stansbury for the second track meet of the year. This was the first time Morgan has had a track meet at the new region member Stansbury. Tooele, Grantsville, Dugway, Wendover, Stansbury and Morgan competed on this overcast and cold day. Many parents followed their sons and daughters to give them the expected Morgan support and help cheer on the team.
Wednesday, March 21, started the track season for the 2012 edition of the Trojan Track Team. Morgan hosted a five team region meet with Bear River, Tooele, Ben Lomond, and visitor St. Joseph. Weather is always a concern for a track meet but the athletes had sunshine and warmth and no wind, a great day to begin the season. The first meet is always exciting because there are newcomers to the team that are just seeing their first track competition, and the returning team members are anxious to see if they can improve on last years’ marks. Coaches have the very same feeling as the athletes; what will the new members bring to the team and how well will the older athletes perform with an added year of experience.
The Morgan boys Basketball team competed in the Idaho Prep Basketball Tournament this past weekend. The tournament took place in Twin Falls, Idaho at Canyon Ridge High School and O’Leary Middle School. They beat the Rupert Spartans 44 to 27, and Filer 60 to 26 on Friday evening. On Saturday the team continued the winning streak by beating Burley 55 to 40. This secured them a spot in the championship game against the Boise Slam. Morgan entered this game as the underdogs but still came out victorious crushing the Slam 64 to 54 winning the tournament. Morgan played extremely well as a team, which was key in winning the tournament. The coaches, Jamie Spens, Troy Butterfield, and Chad Ovard played a huge factor in the boy’s success. With the support of their family members the boys played with an extra level of intensity. The team looks forward to bringing home more victories in the future.
The Trojans bounced back this week with two strong home performances. Morgan dominated the Cowboys from Grantsville with a balanced offensive attack. Five different players found the net with the final score 5-2.
With the completion of the high school basketball season comes the time for individual awards to be handed out. The Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune recently posted their All State teams, and several players from both the Morgan Trojan boys and girls squad were recognized for their successful seasons.
One walking trail in Mountain Green parallels old highway, directly east of the Mountain Green exit. This walking trail was a community effort and took the dedicated work of many individuals to make it a reality. In 1993, it was recognized by members of the community that a safety hazard existed for young children, walkers, and bike riders who traveled from Monte Verde, Polls and the Highlands to the Old Farm Market or from one subdivision to the other. Pedestrians had to walk on the edge of old highway road which is the main thoroughfare through Mountain Green and connects to Trappers Loop. Especially because of the increased traffic from Ogden Valley due to the completion of Trappers Loop road and the fact that this traffic had to use the old highway in order to connect with the interstate, an effort was made to solve the safety hazard—by creating a walking path.
Last week the Trojans traveled to Stansbury High School to take on the Stallions in their first region game of the season. The Trojans came out strong, threatening to score early, but had difficulty finding the net throughout the game.
Once again, Morgan’s own, Joel LaBorde has garnered high honors at the SASS National Cowboy Action Shooting competition held this past February at the Ben Avery Shooting Range in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. LaBorde, shooting under the alias of J.T. Wild, competed with top shooters from around the world. Competitors came from all over the globe, including Australia, Canada, Norway, England, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, and nearly every state in the USA. All competitors either choose or are given a alias, Joel’s was given to him by his friend who introduced him to Cowboy action shooting.
Morgan started the season March 6 against defending 1A State runner up St. Joseph’s. Senior Josh Holman found the net to keep the game tied at half time. But as the snow moved in, the Trojans went cold falling to the Jayhawks 4-1. The following day, Morgan traveled to Roy to face a powerful 4A team. The Royals shut Morgan down, winning 8-0.
Morgan High School’s varsity baseball team, led by Head Coach Jeff Toller, continued its impressive run against non-3A opponents by knocking out Division 5A foe, Northridge by a score of 7-0 on March 13th. This victory followed the team’s debut win (6-2) over the 4A Roy Royals. With the win, the Trojans improved to 2-0.
Preparations are under way for the 2012 Morgan County Fair. This years Fair will run July 26th thru August 4th. Along with some of the old favorites there will be some new events. We will be adding a Demolition Derby which will be held Thursday August 2nd. We have great committee members who are working hard to make this year bigger and better than ever.
Morgan High School’s varsity baseball team kicked off its 2012 season against the Roy Royals on March 6th. The Trojans donned an all-senior outfield (Landon Carter-LF, Colby Skinner-CF and Josh Duncan-RFf), mostly-junior infield (Braden Brown-1B, Cameron Jarrett-2B, Lantzen Toomer-SS and Cameron Skinner-3B) and battery comprised of senior hurler, Braden Daniel and sophomore catcher, Kade Carrigan). Tanner Hale (junior) was slotted as the DH.
Morgan Crush is a new girls volleyball team, made up of local 6th and 7th graders from Morgan Middle School. The team has been practicing together since early December, and playing in tournaments since the first of the year. They placed 2nd in their division in their first tournament in January, and recently received a silver medal for their play at “The Gym” in West Haven.